How to Take Oil of Oregano and Echinacea as a Potential Natural Antiviral

The scientific literature gives us some clues as to how to use oil of oregano and echinacea as a potential natural antiviral. Taking the right dosage, the right product and at the right time are all critical elements. Here is the process that works for our contributor..

 How to Take Oil of Oregano and Echinacea as a Potential Natural Antiviral

Our video No. 1 covers the topic of using plant extracts from oregano and echinacea, explaining what these plants are, the natural antiviral benefits they may deliver, and why the research study results are inconclusive on their effectiveness as a natural antiviral. But here I want to discuss the specific process that I follow personally to actually take the herbals. Based on the research, the key to making these herbals more effective as a natural antiviral is as follows:

#1 Key to Effectiveness of Natural Antiviral: Start Taking the Herbals at the Very First Sign of Infection

The longer the viral infection has to manifest itself, the less effective any antiviral will be including any natural antiviral. But this is the advantage that this oregano/echinacea approach has over the antiviral drugs Tamiflu and Relenza, which are medications your doctor can prescribe. These meds are effective only if taken within the first two days of getting sick.

By the time you know you have the flu, call your doctor, get an appointment, and get in to see her, often the “window” of effectiveness has passed—not to mention the fact that the drugs shorten the time you’re sick by only one or two days after they’re administered.

But with potential use of oil of oregano and echinacea as a natural antiviral, I can have these inexpensive herbals on hand and start their usage immediately upon the first signs of an infection—that scratchy throat, runny nose, sneezing… you know what those signs are for you. I don’t have to wait to see whether it’s just a cold or the actual flu or another infection. I just get going on the process with the end result that it attacks the infection at the very early stage before it has time to manifest into a more serious infection.

Consider This Protocol for the Maximum Oil of Oregano and Echinacea Benefits as a Possible Natural Antiviral

You have to decide for yourself whether this is right for you because no product is going to work as a natural antiviral for everyone, and no claim is being made that it will work for you. But for me personally, when I’m busy doing what I enjoy and suddenly feel an infection coming on and need quick natural antiviral relief, here is what I would do as quickly as possible—maybe even before I start feeling bad:

  1. Begin taking oil of oregano and echinacea drops a total of four times per day.
  2. I start with oil of oregano using the P73 version or a product with similar properties. I take 500 mg in this first dosage (20 drops of P73). I first put 10 drops in a small amount of water and swish it around in my mouth for 30 seconds and then swallow. I put another 10 drops in water and do the same swishing and then swallow.
  3. After a few hours, I switch to echinacea drops using the Echinaforce product (A.Vogel Echinaforce) or another product that has similar properties. I do the same—two sets of 10 drops in a small amount of water with 30 seconds of mouth swishing before swallowing.
  4. How to Take Oil of Oregano and Echinacea as a Potential Natural AntiviralAfter a few hours I do another oil of oregano treatment as described above.
  5. After a few hours I do another echinacea treatment as described above.
  6. I continue to do the four-times-per-day oregano/echinacea treatment each day until all of the respiratory symptoms are gone. I then continue that same treatment for one to three days after the symptoms are gone to make sure the infection is gone for good.
  7. Throughout the process, I eat some probiotic foods or take probiotic supplements to repopulate my gut flora with healthy bacteria, since the antibiotic effect of these plant extracts may have depleted both the good and the bad bacteria in the gut.

And that’s it! I have found this process to help me stave off infections. Remember that the dosages shown are adult dosages and in general these herbals are not recommended for children or pregnant women except under the supervision of your physician.

If you don’t start feeling better after two or three days using this process, go to your doctor to make sure you don’t have a serious infection that needs special treatment. And be aware these herbals are not approved by the FDA or FTC as prevention, treatment or cure for the flu or a cold. It may not work at all for you, but knowing an approach backed by the scientific literature may provide an approach that you find will work.

This article was originally published in 2013 and has been updated.

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Tom Vick

Tom P. Vick founded Natural Health Advisory Institute and operated it for nearly 10 years before its 2016 sale to Belvoir Media Group. He launched NHA after moving to Dallas … Read More

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  • I don’t have any experience with echinacea; but in addition to using a lot of oregano as a seasoning I also take a capsule of oregano oil every morning as a supplement. Each cap contains 510 mg of oregano oil and delivers 32 mg of carvacrol.

    Of course an N of 1 doesn’t “prove” anything, but I absolutely swear by it for preventing the flu. A couple of months ago my brother, who lives with me and who at the time was not yet using oregano oil himself (he does now!), came down with a really bad case of the flu (I suspect it was norovirus), which it took a few weeks and a lot of meds for him to eventually shake. I figured there was no way for me to avoid catching it from him, so we didn’t even take any special precautions like using different hand towels. Still, I never did catch it, not a single symptom, and the only reason I can think of for that is that I had been using oregano oil myself on a daily basis starting several months before my brother got sick.

    It’s not expensive, and I don’t see any reason not to keep on taking one calsule of oregano oil every day as a preventative, instead of waiting until after I have already caught the flu and am showing symptoms.

  • Greg, thanks for sharing your experience with oregano oil. I agree completely that it can also serve as an effective prevention strategy for many people for keeping those viral infections such as a cold or the flu from ever occurring in the first place. I do the same as you except that I put two to three drops of the oregano oil liquid in my morning shake. I’m convinced that simple practice helps keep me from getting those serious infections that many people seem to be experiencing. Thanks again! Tom Vick

  • I’m wondering if you would recommend following this routine if a) you have already been sick for a number of days, and b) are on antibiotics.

    Also I have an echinacea and goldenseal combined drop (can’t remember which brand I currently have but it is like St Francis Echinaseal). Do you recommend this combo or echinacea alone? Thanks!

  • Please distinguish between pure concentrated oregano oil and oil of oregano that’s already diluted with carrying oils. Ten drops in a little water in the mouth of the undiluted oil would burn like crazy…I have both kinds but find advice on line does not usually mention which is being advocated.

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